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Keeping Close Watch on Possible Tsunami in Chile

CHICAGO, IL (March 11, 2011) – Chile Covenant Church leaders are paying special attention to the tsunami speeding its way across the Pacific Ocean because it most likely would strike near the community of Tome, where a giant wave killed 700 people in February 2010.

“We are staying in close contact with the people there,” said Byron Amundsen, director of administration and finance for the Department of World Mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile spawned the tsunami in 2010. Because of that experience, people living along the coast from Mexico to Chile are hauling in boats, closing some schools and preparing to evacuate.

Residents of Tome already were reminded of last year’s disaster when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near the same place last month. Although residents were frightened no one was injured.

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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